I raced yesterday at the CCCX Race #5 at Fort Ord in Monterey. I did the singlespeed race that goes for 5 laps (25+ miles), 1900 feet of climbing. I also tried out a new bike computer, the HAC 4 plus by Ciclosport.
CCCX - http://www.cccx.org/mtb/2004/index2.htm
HAC 4 - http://www.ciclosportusa.com/hac4.htm
I've had the Hac 4 plus for a week and have ridden with it twice and have read the manual every nite. No success. Friggin manual! This thing is the hardest piece to get working properly!
I get to the race and start getting dressed and no gloves. But wait there's more... no bike shorts. Being a boxer shorts kind of guy, this was not a good thing. Oh well, fly now pay later. Boxer shorts and Khaki shorts it is. No gloves but i'm able to borrow a pair later.
Each lap is 5+ miles with 350 feet of gradual climbs. Fairly easy course with deep sand pits and poison oak all around. My singlespeed group has 11 riders, 2 cyclocross SS bikes. In the graph below, you'll see the 5 laps in the yellow altitude chart. The line on top is my heart rate. My max heart rate is 195 but I rarely hit 180 on normal rides.
The race starts and the pace is hard. There's a train of 3 guys in front and 3 right behind me. My heart rate is at 180 and there's no letting up. Even on the downhill, I have to pedal like mad just to keep speed. On the lap 2 extended climb, my heart hits 190 and stays there. It's at this point that I want to quit... the most painful part of the race and I'm far from halfway.
I let 3 guys drop me as I settle down to a more bearable pace. The race gets better as my body adjusts to the beating. On lap 4, I catch up to a rider... Mr. UC Irvine. He quickly lets me pass and starts drafting me. I try and drop him but he keeps up. Wait a minute, I remember this guy from Sea Otter. He drafted me the whole grind home and sprinted at the top to the finish. I let him draft me for a lap until we hit another rider. Mr. rigid fork. At the end of lap 4, I let UC Irvine pass as I eat my supergel, and he just wheelsucks Rigid Fork.
We're both just drafting Rigid fork when we hit a windy paved section. Rigid Fork gets annoyed and slows to half speed and UC Irvine doesn't take the lead... lazy ass. So we just start chit-chatting. "What is this? A road race? HA-HA-HA". As the three of us play mind games to see who's going to sprint first.
With 2 miles to go, as the pavement enters the dirt. Both of them fumble a little bit, I get a clean line and pin it! Spin!!!!!!!!!!! It's the last lap and I actually have energy. I keep it up and I finish 1 minute ahead of UC Irvine a couple of minutes ahead of Rigid Fork.
6th out of 11, 1 hour 57. No cramps, no poison oak, and no damage from the boxer shorts. I had a great time hanging with Aussie Bob, the french boys from Los Gatos and Kenny Cleveland.
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